Blackwater Brings Real-Life PMC Action to Kinect

Blackwater Brings Real-Life PMC Action to Kinect

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A new Kinect "first person experience" based on the real-life mercenary company formerly known as Blackwater is being readied for launch later this year.

Coming from 505 Games, Pantierra and Zombie Studios, Blackwater will bring "an unprecedented level of immersion to the FPS genre," to the point that it's not really an FPS at all, but an FPX - that's right, a "First-Person eXperience." [And you thought I was just making that up.]

"This game and its immersive Kinect-based approach will give players the chance to experience what it is like to be on a Blackwater team on a mission without being dropped into a real combat situation," said Blackwater (now Xe Services) founder Erik Prince.

"The Blackwater team is comprised of an amazing group of individuals and we're proud to work with them to create a videogame that showcases their talent and courage," added 505 Games President Ian Howe. "Being able to get the controller out of player's hands with Kinect and have them on the ground and immersed in the experience will give them a glimpse of what it takes to be a member of an elite fighting force."

The new game will not be based on Blackwater's exploits in Iraq but will instead be set in a fictional town in North Africa, where players will lead a team of "Blackwater Operators" against warlords and militia forces. The game can be played with a standard controller but the big hook is Kinect support, which will let players move, aim and fire with totally realistic and accurate movements and gestures. Blackwater will also feature a wide range of officially-licensed weapons with which to arm yourself.

Founded in 1997, Blackwater first entered the public eye in 2004 when four of its contractors were murdered and hung from a bridge, an event which helped bring about the First Battle of Fallujah. The company also fell afoul of the Iraqi government, which revoked its license to operate in the country in 2007 following the killing of 17 civilians by Blackwater personnel, although it was reinstated by the U.S. government the following year. The U.S. also extended immunity from criminal prosecution to Blackwater employees in 2007 after Iraqi authorities indicated their intention to file criminal charges against Blackwater guards involved in another shooting. The company changed its name to Xe Services LLC in 2009.

I bring these points up not because I want to launch into an anti-Iraq War tirade but because it will be interesting to see how the non-gaming public reacts to Blackwater as it approaches release. Atomic's Six Days in Fallujah was effectively killed by public outrage because it hit too close to home and while Blackwater the game is fictional, Blackwater the infamous private military company is most definitely not. Six Days was intended to be a sort of "documentary videogame" that would offer a serious, nuanced look at the Second Battle of Fallujah; Blackwater bills itself as "an intense, cinematic shooter experience unlike anything you've ever played before." Which is worse?

The Xbox 360-exclusive Blackwater is slated for release in autumn 2011.

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Im starting to get really annoyed with this sort of crap
- FPX - that's right, a "First-Person eXperience." [And you thought I was just making that up.]
-Wii U
- Scre4m

Seriously just use proper words ;_;

OT: Anyhow this sounds slightly intresting, if confusing.
I dont have Kinect though so screw it.

I wonder if massacring civilians in this game will give you the support of the U.S. Government. Otherwise, it wouldn't be as realistic as they claim.

I'm not kidding, the current Motto of the Moment is

Daemascus:
The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries Maxim 1: Pillage, then burn. Maxim 11: Everything is air-droppable at least once. Maxim 29: The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy. No more. No less

A portent of some kind? Who knows. I won't be taking the risk.

FPWCS: First-Person War Crime Simulator.

Make big promises

Fall through on them

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9riRNgbh4U

Yea.

Fuck Blackwater and this 'first person experience' and the obviously incredibly pretentious dev team that's making it.

Yeah... they arent exactly something that I would like to be part of.

What...The Fuck...Is This? Some blatant attempt to glorify these criminals? Fuck no! Pull the plug on this shit right Now! Erik Prince is a merchant of death with delusions of being a holy Christian crusader anointed with a "holy" mission to commit genocide in the Middle East! Why should he get to put out some piece of trash propaganda?

"Oh, if you don't like it, don't buy it" isn't going to work here. I don't want this thing to Exist, as it is an atrocity!

Say what you want about Kinnect, but it's probably the best controller for throwing puppies off cliffs, kiting impoverished children with bottles of water and lobbing grenades at people's goats as you drive past them.

I can imagine Blackwater: The eXperience being a lot like Fable: The Journey, except slightly less controversial and universally hated.

I would love a Kinect FPS, but knowing what Blackwater does (at least, from what other people on this thread say), I don't know about this.

I only now got that reference in oblivion

SteakHeart:
I would love a Kinect FPS, but knowing what Blackwater does (at least, from what other people on this thread say), I don't know about this.

It would most likely be a propaganda piece to improve their reputation, obviously not mentioning any of their more "notable" actions and policies.

Jabberwock King:

SteakHeart:
I would love a Kinect FPS, but knowing what Blackwater does (at least, from what other people on this thread say), I don't know about this.

It would most likely be a propaganda piece to improve their reputation, obviously not mentioning any of their more "notable" actions and policies.

Not that videogames would ever have anything to do with propaganda *cough* COD, America's Army *cough*
Just to compare Black Ops' black ops with actual black ops
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Program

Simonism451:

Jabberwock King:

SteakHeart:
I would love a Kinect FPS, but knowing what Blackwater does (at least, from what other people on this thread say), I don't know about this.

It would most likely be a propaganda piece to improve their reputation, obviously not mentioning any of their more "notable" actions and policies.

Not that videogames would ever have anything to do with propaganda *cough* COD, America's Army *cough*

True, but those games don't seem to have been developed by 100% shills, and they certainly did not focus on glorifying criminal organizations (Though you may debate the classification of the military, it has standards that are of no concern to sell-swords {yes I have played Fire Emblem games}).

Im not the only person to read the article title and say "What!?" outloud, am I? Im not so into the whats what and whos who of PMCs, but even I know of Blackwater.

Super Fighting PMC Game FPX! Now with unlockable massacring civilians and denying rights to raped employees minigame!

LoL, wow. Now we can all know what it's like to kill innocent civilians. Throw in a minigame involving raping female military personnel and we have a complete Blackwater experience.... this is just fucked up.

Hmm Blackwater... a name we can surely trust...

Wonder if this game will let you shoot tracers at children while quipping about how it's sandn*gger season.

Not meant to be racist, that's just what blackwater does and they film themselves doing it.

Edit: typo

Unbelievable.

Hey maybe the game can get immunity from the US government too! That way when people blame it for making people violent and doing terrible things to others, it can't get into trouble!

I honestly cannot see anybody wanting to defend this game anywhere. Six Days had a number of soldiers who were there as well as soldiers families who wanted that game to come out and it still got destroyed. Unless the game is centered around a redemption story trying to make up for all of the evil they have been and are doing I don't see how this is going to last much longer.

Think this will sum up the experience
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Holy fucking shit! A private merc company doing something that only governments did! Cyberpunk is happening right now!

Also, I know this is very serious, but I keep thinking of this:

Maraveno:
I only now got that reference in oblivion

Actually, Oblivion released in 2006, the "Blackwater guys killing civilians" thing happened in 2007.

And I'm assuming your referring to the Blackwater Company's mission where you took that drug, then killed a town of "goblins".

But looking back, I can't believe I missed how similar the two situations are.

Wow, this game makes me uncomfortable.

Cousin_IT:
Think this will sum up the experience
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That would actually make for some amusing gameplay. What's that video of....I mean, are they harassing DynCorp or Tripoli Canopy or whoever else KBR subcontracts to?

Fixed:

Andy Chalk:

"The Blackwater team is comprised of soulless mercenaries and we're insane to work with them to create a videogame that showcases their disturbing lack of ethics and morals," added 505 Games President Ian Howe.
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The new game will not be based on Blackwater's war crimes in Iraq but will instead be set in a fictional town in North Africa, where players will lead a team of "Blackwater Operators" to slaughter women and children. The game can be played with a standard controller but the big hook is Kinect support, which will let players move, aim and rape with totally realistic and accurate movements and gestures.

This is disgusting news. I can't wait to hear Movie Bob do a Big Picture rant on it (hopefully).
As if I needed any more reason to dislike Zombie studios...

Blackwater? I thought they were Xe nowadays...

I'm all for PMCs, but these stereotypes about them are coming from somewhere, and you'll usually find it's Blackwater...

Sickening. Absolutely sickening. Blackwater should have been shut down, and its executives and mercenaries brought before a jury. Instead, they get a videogame made to 'celebrate' their exploits.

What a fucking world we live in. Perhaps next we'll see games like Grand Theft Rwanda, where the main character is encouraged to take part in the Rwandan genocide.

Irridium:

Maraveno:
I only now got that reference in oblivion

Actually, Oblivion released in 2006, the "Blackwater guys killing civilians" thing happened in 2007.

And I'm assuming your referring to the Blackwater Company's mission where you took that drug, then killed a town of "goblins".

But looking back, I can't believe I missed how similar the two situations are.

Creepy foreshadowing :o

OT: Yeah, I think this has been pretty well-covered by above posts. Why make a game about Blackwater? They're killers for hire, basically. 'nuff said.

Irridium:

Maraveno:
I only now got that reference in oblivion

Actually, Oblivion released in 2006, the "Blackwater guys killing civilians" thing happened in 2007.

And I'm assuming your referring to the Blackwater Company's mission where you took that drug, then killed a town of "goblins".

But looking back, I can't believe I missed how similar the two situations are.

that is rather eerie if you ask me

This is fucking disgusting. I really have nothing else to say on the matter.

Just got the game and i actually like it. Game is just easily a fun and interactive game. Dont know why all the hate for it it's pretty damn solid, exceeded my expecations and prob top 5 best kinect games out right now.

 

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